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Cancer and Meaning: Identity before and after Cancer Diagnosis 

Cancer and Meaning: Identity before and after Cancer Diagnosis
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Cancer and Meaning: Identity before and after Cancer Diagnosis
Author(s):

William S. Breitbart

and Shannon R. Poppito

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199837243.003.0002
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date: 19 September 2019

This chapter provides instructions for conducting the second session of individual meaning-centered psychotherapy. The reader is instructed to reintroduce the basic concepts and sources of meaning from the first session and to explore the topic of “Cancer and Meaning” in light of the guiding theme: “Identity before and after Diagnosis.” By the end of Session 2, the patient will a general understanding of what his or her authentic sense of identity is and the impact cancer has had upon it.

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